The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
For you newbies, or in case you missed it the first time:
Hello gout flare, my old friend You've come to torment me again Because high purines softly creeping Crystals formed while I was sleeping And these crystals that are planted in my toe Cause me woe Not limping in silence
From restless sleep gout woke me up Wondering on just what I did sup 'Neath the halo of a nightlight lamp My diet I would again revamp When my toes were stabbed by the flash of a gouty ouch Made me a grouch I bit my tongue, in silence
And in the bathroom not that I saw Ten thousand crystals, maybe more Gout attacking without speaking Non-sufferers hearing without listening We’re writing blogs that people never read No one indeed Suffer the gouty, in silence
"Fools", said I, "You do not know Crystals in joints can grow and grow Hear my words that I might teach you Cry my toes that I might need you" But my words, like silent crystals formed And echoed In my joints, in silence
And the sufferers bowed and prayed For a cure for the dismayed And the gout flashed out its warning In the crystals that were forming And the gout said, "The words of the genes are written in DNA That is the way" And they laughed, in the toes of silence
(Time to quit my day job? Or to hire a copyright infringement defense attorney?)
"Some day we will look back on this, and it will all seem funny" - Bruce Springsteen (The real BOSS, as opposed to me.)
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